This Irish Store Is About to Become Your New Forever 21
We’ll definitely shell out some cash for a splurge purchase every once and a while but for the most part we’re usually trying to find the best way to spice up our style on the cheap. We’re guessing when you want to add a few new pieces to your wardrobe your first stop is usually somewhere like H&M or Forever 21 – but that all may be about to change.
The Irish department store Primark is officially coming to America. If you’re not currently familiar with this fast fashion wonderland, let us get you up to speed. With a women’s, men’s, kid’s, home and beauty department, Primark is Europe’s go-to spot for super cheap, ultra-trendy pieces that will likely only be cool for the season. It’s also a great place to scour for hidden gems or wardrobe staples. One of this writer’s most complimented dresses was purchased from Primark for a whopping £5 ($7) – just sayin’.
The retail chain – which has been in Europe, the UK and Ireland for 46 years – will make its American debut in Boston. The 77,000 square-foot location will open on September 10 of this year. Inside you’ll find a curated selection from the editors at Refinery29, products exclusive to the US and all of your usual Primark favorites (AKA all the basics you could ever want).
They will also be opening a location in Philadelphia in November and plan to have a total of nine stores across the US by 2016. Some of those are set to be in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
If a Primark store isn’t headed to you quite yet, you can still check out the looks on their new, US site. As of now you can browse a few of their favorite pieces but currently there is no option to purchase things online. Considering we already spotted a makeup bag, striped tee and fall shoe we love (for a cumulative total of $32 no less) we’re really hoping that changes once the Boston location opens.
Have you shopped at Primark before? What did you score? Share with us in the comments below.
(Photos via Primark)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!